I recently spent some time looking over the blog of “Roissy” after seeing a link to it in another thread. For those who don’t know who this is, he’s apparently a very accomplished pickup artist and icon of the “seduction community,” with a very misanthropic tone and a bad-boy attitude. There’s no shortage of criticism of his views by females on the internet, but also, apparently, no shortage of real-life women willing to sleep with him, so I doubt that the former bothers him too much. (Actually, the ability to take criticism is one of the virtues he advocates.)
It’s really only in the last 5 years or so that I’ve noticed this growing movement among men of learning how to “game” and become “alpha.” Previously, I don’t think anything like this existed. I’m sure there were individual men who were developing systems that worked for them to sleep with large numbers of women, but I don’t think there was any kind of organized group of men working together, trying to help each other improve their skills, publishing books about it, etc.
The cornerstone of Roissy’s approach seems to be the idea of being an “alpha” male. One of the other pickup artist technique I’ve read about is the “Mystery” method, which seems to be more based upon attracting attention to oneself through weird clothes. While this probably appeals more to men with a sense of the theatrical and dramatic, the idea of being “alpha” probably resonates far more with the average male.
Whatever the method, it seems to me that the pickup artist movement produces results for men, and is gaining ground rapidly.
It’s a fact of life that certain kinds of men attract far, far more female sexual partners than others. In the society we live in, the kind of men who seem to do this most are celebrities, athletes, rock stars, and super-rich businessmen. To me, the whole pickup-artist movement represents men analyzing what it is about these type of men that gets women so willing to offer themselves up sexually, what it is about women that makes them so attracted to these abstract things like status and money, and then try to use that knowledge to apply it to their own lives without actually being rock stars, athletes or millionaires.
Do you think this is ultimately a good or bad thing? Many view the whole thing as being misogynist, sexist, cold-hearted, evil, etc. On the other hand, it replaces the old-fashioned model of the star quarterback and burly brute with a new kind of alpha male who uses his intellect to make himself alpha by understanding psychology.